Problematizing "Honour Crimes" within the Canadian Context
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Jessica K. Gill
Islamophobia, Media literacy, Racism
Journal article

Gill, J. K. (2022). Problematizing “Honour Crimes” within the Canadian Context: A Postcolonial 

Feminist Analysis of Popular Media and Political Discourses. Societies, 12(2), 62. 


“Honour-based violence has garnered significant attention within Canadian national discourses, especially within popular media and political rhetoric. Frequently conceptualized as a culturally specific form of violence embedded with patriarchal understandings of honour, these crimes have been mobilized within mainstream media to vilify certain ethnic and racial communities, particularly from the Global East. Relying on ethnocentric explanations, honour crimes are imagined as foreign phenomena that have been imported into Canada by immigrant populations who actively resist assimilation and fail to adopt liberal Western values of equality and freedom. This paper seeks to unsettle these very tropes surrounding the ‘honour crime’ label using a postcolonial feminist lens. Drawing on the murder case of Aqsa Parvez, this paper calls into question the discursive strategies used to construct ‘honour crimes’ and the racialized tropes that they perpetuate. Further, this paper examines how this label is mobilized to carry out ‘political work’ and support certain political agendas, which include managing immigrant populations.”


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